Facts down the drain — so what now?

Get me rewrite. (Reuters/Brian Snyder

Like it or not — for the record, not — we have to accept that a Twitter-troll will be the 45th president of the USA. They won the presidency, both houses of congress and a new seat on the Supreme Court — just like Christmas in a candy store.

And many people are happy to see him in office. Some are voters who think he’ll bring jobs back and shake up Washington, others are happy simply because he isn’t Hillary Clinton and others are of course Vladimir Putin and Viktor Orban. But for the rest of us it is just shocking.

Misleading forecasts, a much less exciting candidate who failed to appeal to white working class voters, the electoral college — there are many possible answers to the ultimate how got here question. We will be examining all that for years.

But the most frightening element of Trump’s big fight to making America great again: the Media and the death of facts. A system, that is supposed to catch a serial liar, just failed. Not only mainstream TV channels — some did wait far too long to take Trump seriously and let run his speeches almost in their entirety, which might not have been such a great idea after all — social media is so full of fake news running wildly across that you don’t event want to open it anymore.

You don’t like it? Don’t understand how it happened? Pretty sure we’re heading for a disaster? Let’s not freak out just yet. We’ve put together the main points of this fake news epidemic with the brightest solutions (so far). It’s a great way to easily catch up on what you may have missed.

Do you have a favourite fact that died? Share with us your story, we’d love to hear from you. And let’s get back to real life or whatever we call this thing anymore.

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